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£1m funding for Suffolk Energy Gateway confirmed by Government

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 November 2016

People campaigning for the four villages bypass, now called the Suffolk Energy Gateway, in 2014

People campaigning for the four villages bypass, now called the Suffolk Energy Gateway, in 2014

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Transport bosses have confirmed £1million of funding has been made available to develop plans for long-awaited bypass proposals in east Suffolk.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) announcement today includes a seven-figure offer to “further develop the business case” for the Suffolk Energy Gateway, the new name for the four villages bypass.

The scheme, which would see a section of the A12 diverted around Marlesford, Little Glemham, Farnham and Stratford St Andrew, has been a keen aspiration in those communities for decades. Campaigners say the road is no longer suitable for the volumes of traffic it deals with and would only worsen during the construction of Sizewell C nuclear power plant.

Last week, the inclusion of a “two-villages bypass” around Farnham and Stratford St Andrew, as an option in EDF Energy’s Stage Two consultation document, was welcomed in some quarters as a positive step towards the full four villages scheme.

The chancellor’s Autumn Statement, published on the same day, said funding had been approved to develop the business case for the Suffolk Energy Gateway, but made no mention of the total value.

Today’s announcement confirms that the DfT has provided the full amount applied for by Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG).

Guy McGregor, chairman of JLAG, said of last week’s announcement: “We can now push on with further scheme preparation immediately”

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